Glenfiddich IPA Experiment

Overall rating
80.64/100
votes
932
Whiskybase ID
WB86462
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Experimental Series No. 01
Bottled
2016
Casktype
India Pale Ale Cask Finish
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010327325606
Added on
05 sep 2016 6:19 pm by holborndrinker
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 52.40

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Whisky reviews for Glenfiddich IPA Experiment

96 users have left 104 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.64 points.

  1. aquataste scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Aromatic and sweet, heather honey, ripe orange, green fruits (apples and pears), grape, dry hop cone, a pinch of dried herbs, slightly grassy, a handful of nuts, vanilla, some toffee, a hint of freshly cut wood
    • Taste
      82 82
      Fresh, malty with a hint of hops, a pinch of pepper with fresh herbs, green fruits, lemon peel, ripe orange, vanilla, honey, dark chocolate, light oak bitterness
    • Finish
      77 77
      Medium length, bitter chocolate with lemon zest, a hint of hops, a pinch of pepper and herbs, green fruits, oak bitterness

  2. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    This here, is an odd fish.

    I enjoy beer, but I'm not nearly as in to it as I am with whisky, and there are places where beer goes that I'd prefer my whisky not to be found.

    It's another uncommon cask aged spirit where a lot of the reviews say something like "this isn't whisky" or "this is a completely different thing" and whereas, I can see where they might be coming from, I wouldn't go that far.

    Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of beery notes here, although the nose tried half heartedly to convince me otherwise.

    Starting out, I found it completely devoid of fruit, with toffee rich, malty oatmeal as the only aromas, but over time, I got some pear and rounded though still citric beeswax, which all went together quite nicely, I thought.

    Not particularly outlandish.

    The palate and finish however, go their own way. It's malty and very bready, like high ABV (6+%) European beers, but with the sweetness of frosted flakes and with an edge of flat cola syrup.

    As it moves into the tail, it stays sweet, but gets darker picking up some very mild instant coffee notes right before what little heat it can muster comes into effect.

    There's really not much spice to this at all, but in the near absence of that and possibly to counteract the sweetness, the wood delivers some sourish tannins that build and dry out the experience, while simultaneously, bitter hops takes hold so that its mostly what's left at the very end.

    I'm not convinced about this bit, or the prominent sweetness that never gives up and, though the reappearing cola is nice, I don't think it us for me.

    I'm a fan of the also-divisive fire and cane, but this didn't quite come together for me in the same way.

    However, if you're into your beers, I would recommend you give this a shot, I think you'll find a lot you recognise.
    • Nose
      Skinned pear, orangey bees wax, malt, vanilla oak, toffee, oatmeal cookie dough
    • Taste
      Breakfast cereal, malty brown bread, cola.
    • Finish
      coffee - caramel, very late and light oak spice warmth, drying tannins, dandelion hops, cola

  3. joeynoreen scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. DistiLesha scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Well balanced and polished profile. At the same time, without frills and difficult to distinguish from similar modern releases.
    Really nothing with beer!

    N:21 T:22 F:21 B:21
    • Nose
      Barley porridge, fresh frosty air, fruits, mirabelle pear, a bit harsh in alcohol
    • Taste
      Very sweet and drinkable, pleasantly perfumey, fruity, mirabelle pear, hot red pepper, spicy tannins
    • Finish
      Spices, ginger pomace, woody-fruity, mineral, bitter and oak tannins show through at the end of the composition, beer sourness and a slight hint of hops.

  5. Obynapewno scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Citrus, freshness, sweet, hops
    • Taste
      83 83
      Oily, citrusy, sweet, light, hops
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short-medium, sweet, hoppy

  6. Hsh scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    3.8 A fragrant citrus or hop flavor + a mild 12-year whisky feeling

    Wine & More Cheongdam Branch Tasting 7/17 with Jaehong

  7. Teomarg scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. Saftkenner scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A nice experiment for which, like with Project XX, I would have liked a higher drinking strength. In my opinion, much more successful than the Fire & Cane.
    • Nose
      85 85
      First a typical Glenfiddich nose that comes across as very fresh.
      Pear, honey, herbal sweets, dry grass, melon, orange, vanilla.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet and sour nicely balanced. White pepper, lemon, pear, light tannins, sour apple, cereals.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Hops in the finish, some lemon and honey. Rather short finish.

  9. Funtik scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  10. Dutchdram scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
      I smell zesty tones. Also citrus fruits. Especially lemon and lime tones. Also a clear hoppy tone and vanilla.
    • Taste
      77 77
      Also zesty on the palate. Hints of citrus and vanilla. Hoppy IPA tones and a taste of macaroons at the end.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Medium long. And yet even more zest. Peppery and sweet vanilla in the aftertaste.

  11. riegerjonas scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    2020-09-12: good for / in front of the beer
    • Nose
      82 82
      fruity, buttery, pastries, blood orange, citrus
    • Taste
      81 81
      tasty with hop aromas
    • Finish
      82 82
      long hop bitterness

  12. hafssol scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    At first taste, I expected a more pronounced character, so got slightly disappointed. Got back to it and I've appreciated its clear natural colour and its dry zesty and bitter taste. Experiment approved!

  13. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      apple, pear, sweetness, floral notes
    • Taste
      84 84
      soft, creamy, sweet, a little oak, pear
    • Finish
      80 80
      short, sweet, a little lemon sourness

  14. Glensiddich scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Really enjoyed the clean, crisp notes in this having not expected a great deal. Lovely dram when you aren't looking to be challenged.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. GIORGOS scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  16. noelc scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
      I like the smell, sweet & beerish.
      It is a faint smell though. Would've given 3 points more otherwise
    • Taste
      78 78
      Sweet at the start, you can really taste the IPA cask the longer you taste. It's nice to have something different.
    • Finish
      74 74
      There is an alcohol burn, but it's mild and enjoying.
      Here is where it starts becoming beer rather than scotch.

  17. lys1 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Exciting. Especially in the taste, the hops are quite clear. Will not buy a bottle, but add to have tried!

  18. WimLambrechts scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    You taste the typical Glenfiddich of course.
    Smells soft and young.
    The beer barrels add a nice original touch. Definitely worth a try. Unfortunately for me it will remain with tests, but still worth getting to know.

  19. Jolemann scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Pears, vanilla, some hops
    • Taste
      84 84
      Vanilla, fruity, malty
    • Finish
      82 82
      slightly bitter and fairly short finish

  20. Stef89 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    First of all: I can absolutely understand the bad reviews here!

    It's not really whisky. Totally different and kind of strange.

    But now to my perception as someone who knows something about the beer style "IPA" every now and then as well as has a great affinity for beer and its raw materials such as hops.

    And under these circumstances I have to say: Awesome!

    If you break away from the usual expectations, the part has incredibly delicious, fruity hop aromas and beer hints that it is a real joy.

    Even if the basic material is probably not particularly complex, there is a lot to discover through the finish.

    And the 43% are nice and strong without being sharp.

    85 tendency to 86/100

    I like it pretty much when it can be something "different", extraordinary.

    For me the surprise of the year. Probably also because I approached it with zero (!) Expectations.

  21. McMoulis scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  22. Gilles_V scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A very nice, interesting whisky.
    Aging in IPA beer barrels is a great idea.
    Despite only 43%, it's surprising, the whisky remains full and not sour.
    A great discovery.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very interesting and original nose.
      The IPA effect is clearly felt.
      Hops, “sparkling” sensation. Wet cardboard.
      Then, in the background, sweet malt.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Jolie texture.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Rather long. Banana. Alternation between bitter and sweet.

  23. Maltlife scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  24. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    I don't have a regular Glenfiddich 12y for direct comparison. Maybe I am fooled by the knowledge that the IPA has matured in former beer barrels. But the bitter notes in the mouth (which, incidentally, I feel different from a long barrel aging) are almost penetrative and disrupt the enjoyment. Otherwise it would be a decent easy drinking malt.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Pleasantly soft nose, non-alcoholic, somewhat exotic, sweet. Overall pleasant and not very complex.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Continued aromas from the nose, rather light mouthfeel. A bit bitter bitterness on the tongue.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Short to medium. The longest remains is a bitterness of hops that I know from another bottling: the Säntis Malt WID: 58178.

  25. wembleytor scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Nose has some hops, but if this had been a blind tasting it wouldn't have leapt out at me. Taste is recognizably Glenfiddich, but a bit hazy at the edges, the IPA influence seems minimal. Always happy to try a whisky trying something different, but this one misses the mark and scores a couple of points down on standard Glenfiddich 12.

  26. ConvalRen scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      64 64
    • Taste
      66 66
    • Finish
      64 64

  27. Wolv scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  28. Spencer5 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I don't buy this whole IPA aroma. I totally don't feel IPA there. I tried the method with a little salt on the tongue - the taste has changed, still no IPA. IPA barrels are not very active, so the finish is a bit too little for something to happen here. It's a bit better Glenfiddich 12.
    • Nose
      83 83
      typical bourbon - biscuits, vanilla, nuts ... name it, honey,
    • Taste
      83 83
      sweet, oatmeal, apple, caramel, cocoa
    • Finish
      82 82
      short, pleasant, roasted coffee, pear

  29. HW74 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This fits very well with the IPA influence, at least if you like to drink a pale ale from time to time and like the tart notes.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  30. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Just had this randomly, in a a bar, and it turned out better than expected. Think I‘d prefer this over the Project XX: less new/tannic oak, no bubblegum fruitiness, everything is more restrained and laid back. Does it matter that they used beer casks for this? No idea, really. Perhaps with much imagination and goodwill I can persuade myself that I sensed some fizzy, beery foaminess and IPA bitters toward the death, but that’s just more or less just a suspicion. Well made, though, bright and sparkly and fruity but with enough wood and older components that it doesn’t feel too young. I‘d be happy to have this again.

  31. Dagobert scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  32. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A young and somewhat slender whisky, very well-tailored, drinkable, does not impress with the pressure and power, but has to itself the ease and integrity.
    • Nose
      Open, wet, fresh wood, damp wood dust, lemonade notes, slightly alcoholic, herbal mixture, herbal tablets, dusty bookshelves, lemon slice in tea, strong vanilla caramel shades, a little mineral - dry plaster, stone crumb.
    • Taste
      Oily, calm, a lot of oak, lemon peel, sweet lemonade-grain notes, vanilla, citrus lollipops, herbal motifs.
    • Finish
      Light, lemon-oak, sweet-sour, lemonade-grain notes, a little ginger, vanilla in large quantities.

  33. Mishka scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant surprise. You can smell the usual Glenfiddich but here a bit sweeter and less fresh apples, more like apple pie. Very mellow (in good meaning) on the tongue. Great everyday dram.

  34. psiiik scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      76 76

  35. The Prophet scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    I have not been very successful at pinpointing the influence of IPA. otherwise, it remains a correct malt, nothing more, with a sweet finish, almost a little too much.

  36. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  37. ChrisE scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, but doesn't leave a lasting impression. Very short finish, smooth, works well with a beer (IPA)....

  38. Achany scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    very light on the nose, very subtle. on the palate there is some sweet and light glenfiddich style. blossoms, some vanilla, some traces of fruit and the impact of the IPA casks. Slowly at first but to the end it gets quite bitter. too bitter for me at the finish. Nice dram, not for everyday
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  39. Andytka3 scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    N- Maraschino, fruits of apple, peach and honey. Bold, oily with pungent spicy notes. Underlay with usual Glenfiddich of honey, fruits with a sphere of mineral. (85/19)

    P- Mismatched of oily with sweet fruits, also overdose on phenol that leads this experiments to the grave of cloyed. Frizzy, hot, peppery. (79/16)

    F- Medium, good weight but coarse and sharp, young and heady with usual citrus, lime, chocolate, honey etc. (83/17)

    Body/Balance- 83/18

    Weighted Rate- 70pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Maraschino, fruits of apple, peach and honey. Bold, oily with pungent spicy notes. Underlay with usual Glenfiddich of honey, fruits with a sphere of mineral. (85/19)
    • Taste
      P- Mismatched of oily with sweet fruits, also overdose on phenol that leads this experiments to the grave of cloyed. Frizzy, hot, peppery. (79/16)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, good weight but coarse and sharp, young and heady with usual citrus, lime, chocolate, honey etc. (83/17)

      Body/Balance- 83/18

      Weighted Rate- 70pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  40. BeatF scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    To my shame, I tasted an IPA for the first time a few weeks ago> the whisky with such barrels ennobled tastes me a lot better than the - for my taste a bit nuts - beer itself ... The experiment does not seem to me to have failed!
    • Nose
      Does not smell too strong, but very pleasant. Lychee, malt, a non-repulsive sweetness, rounded off with orange, also a bit like a fir-tree
    • Taste
      a little young (the alcohol stings very softly), but very interesting, vanilla, fruits (especially still the lychees), everything like a punch
    • Finish
      fruity, slight bitterness of orange kernels, backed by a subtle hint of vanilla

  41. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 86 points to the IPA Experiment Experimental Series No 1.

  42. crippos scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. karloff scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger 
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. karloff scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Really liked this.  I have a Grant's  Ale cask finish which I always have on the go and really like. 
    • Nose
      For a start I drink IPA all the time at my local and this smells like an IPA which is a good sign. Hoppy and citrus, apricot and peach. There is something else but I can't quite put my finger on it , banana sweet I think. Nice nose, it's not strong but pleasant enough. 
    • Taste
      Very nice as well. Quite refreshing. I think this would make a great chaser to a pint of IPA. Again with the citrus notes. Also a little bit woody and drying but it's subtle. A nice bit of tang to it.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium with pear drop sweets and orange. 

  45. Glenfarclas-Fan scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    In fact, after trying the IPA several times, I only have a hint of beer in my nose when I open the bottle. Otherwise, I notice in the key the sweetness of honey and a pleasant oiliness in addition.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  46. horstpedia scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I think the experiment was very successful. I am quite surprised that the hops, unlike the beer is gentler and long stays on the tongue. The sweetness always plays a part in the background. Reminds me of grapefruit remotely.
    • Nose
      Hops and sweetness make you want more.
    • Taste
      The bitterness of the hop and the existing sweetness harmonize very well. After a short time the hops dominate. I like it.
    • Finish
      Medium. The hops stay very pleasant on the tongue.

  47. horstpedia scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  48. Glenfarclas-Fan scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Maybe I'll just picture that with the beer, then at least the marketing worked :-) Pleasantly drinking whisky. Will get me a spare bottle directly.
    • Nose
      fresh, some lemon, actually beer, chocolates with kirsch
    • Taste
      pleasantly oily, fresh, tropical fruit, hint of beer
    • Finish
      mild and pleasantly long, and the beer easily comes through here too

  49. jeoff scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  50. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    With a few minutes (about 10), vanilla and sweeter fruit notes come out on the nose and palate. It definitely has a youthful character on the nose and palate, but it isn't under-mature. Not bad, but not great.
    • Nose
      Young, green malt, citrus (orange with lemon zest), apples, floral hops, and toasted oak.
    • Taste
      Light mixed cereal grains, toasted oak, light mixed fruits (apples/pears/oranges), and bitter-sweet hops and cocoa. 
    • Finish
      Unsweetened cappuccino, oak tannins, and a light bran oil.  

  51. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  52. lincolnimp scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

    This is not very good it has a weird off note like cereals that have gone past their best and the palate is drying but as it says on the bottle it is an IPA Experiment so something different I suppose.

    There is a side to his that for some reason reminds me of Famous Grouse.Drinkable but not my thing and I do not like the nose.
    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      68 68

  53. Sandman scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Moss, earth, hops, peach, apricot, orange blossom, lemon, vanilla, red apple and pear drops.

  54. ctu scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, although I don't know the base distillate or the IPA finish is weaker.
    • Nose
      Fruits, vanilla, honey. Touch of beer.
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy. Vanilla, caramel, apple and pear, pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet, spicy.

  55. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    well, too flat too easy,
    the tart notes can be interpreted as hops but only if you know of the IPA
    • Nose
      harsh, fruity (wild berries), pear, green / grassy notes, later browned apple and light citrus notes
    • Taste
      strong on the palate
      again tart, spicy, oak, malt, a little sweet, woody note like fresh broken branches, gets later licorice notes
    • Finish
      rather short
      slightly bitter, slightly damp cardboard, oak

  56. oppi scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Malt and beer Fresh, fruity, vanilla Sweet, beer? orange
    • Taste
      Sweet fruit, (cherry) cherry plum applesauce Full and round
    • Finish
      Long and round

  57. oppi scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  58. Danny1968 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A delicious single malt whisky from the experimental series of Glenfiddich which has had its finish on IPA beer kegs. Your taste citrus and vanilla and is sweet in taste. In the aftertaste it is a bit spicier where you taste the hop of the beer.

  59. Markie81 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  60. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    light, but good balance between whisky sweetness and hoppy beer, sadly a very short finish

  61. Whisky-ettenleur scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  62. Whisky-ettenleur scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Fresh scent of fruit and flowers with beer (hop likely) and spices.
    • Taste
      Soft taste of vanilla and a light beer taste.
    • Finish
      That hop flavor is also reflected in the strong aftertaste.

  63. pH did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Hi all,

    does anyone happen to know what is the difference between this bottling (2016) and the 2015 one?
    Thanks

  64. peatbogger scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    This works.

    Nice and classy bottle.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  65. peatbogger scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Two worlds successfully merged in my opinion.
    • Nose
      From the rim this smells more or less like a standard Glenfiddich 12.

      Pull it slowly away to lower the alc presence and... yes, it smells pleasantly like a light beer.

      Go deeper down and it's sweet and very fruity fresh.

      Apples, oranges, maybe more tangerine, perhaps even some pineapple.

      Also a floral perfumy scent in there, but I can't name it.

      Can't notice any hops, but it's a very nice nose.
    • Taste
      This was surprisingly nice!

      Sweet, light vanilla, burnt sugar.

      Fruity, caramelized apples, pears, some orange but not as much as on the nose.

      Very nice spice, white pepper, warming, just on the edge of a gentle bite.
    • Finish
      Finish goes past medium.

      Sweet, fruity, spicy, a little dry and to my taste just the right bitterness in this combo.

      The aftertaste is actually very much like a beer with the added warmth of spice.

  66. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In terms of pure pleasure, it's a success! Enthusiasm: 4/5 Mouth and finish: 3/5 Whisky n ° 1527
    • Nose
      Sweet, suave, "wood flour", fruits in syrup. It looks nice ! (but not very intense though)
    • Taste
      Attack a little feeble, but it's ok. Sweet spices, quite juicy. Fluid. Vanilla notes. End of mouth a bit bitter
    • Finish
      Fruity, with a slight lingering bitterness. A little too simple, but the key here is not the complexity.

  67. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, spices, varied fresh fruits and "hops"!
    On the palate, it stings immediately, a little rough, fruit in the vein apple pear, spices quite sweet, a little dry on the tongue, we do not smell the beer, but a tannic side.
    In the final, it's short !!
    A finish flirting with the IPA beers that have made their happiness, here it does not bring much more!

  68. rdavek scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    If you like young, bitter whisky, this is the bottle for you. It's definitely not a profile I find appealing.  I'm hoping this will make an interesting cocktail ingredient.  I definitely won't be drinking the rest of it neat.

  69. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  70. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  71. Griller76 scored this whisky 71 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      60 60

  72. Griller76 scored this whisky 71 points Expert Junior

    A rather empty, one-dimensional whisky. In addition, price but a good everyday whisky.
    • Nose
      Sherry, dark chocolate, light smoke, light syrupiness
    • Taste
      watery, subtle sweetness, biscuits, butter biscuits, no burning, soft
    • Finish
      increasingly clear burning, sweetie

  73. Cubey666 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  74. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Not bad, interesting thing, like tasting, but it did not really sparkle, and I think, the Biergedöns I have rather conceited and reingeredet than that I smelled it ignorant and tasted. With around 55 € he is quite cheap for such limited series in comparison, for enjoyment I would still be too much, because I would go to 40, 45 maybe.
    • Nose
      for 43% first pretty hot, but that gives itself, then herbs, grass, not too bitter, but you could actually imagine some hops, a touch of mint, to delicious jelly banana
    • Taste
      Jellybeans, banana leaves, chocolate stays darker, spicier, pepper, pimento, tidy wood, no herbs, but a hint of herbal bitter ... if there is something reminiscent of beer here, then it is more of a fat one Black beer, and a little pumpernickel
    • Finish
      medium length, wood, some licorice, you could imagine hops again, a pinch of pepper

  75. peej84 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      79 79

  76. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Very nice experiment I must say! And good value for money when you can get your hands on it for €60 a bottle. Lost one point in the nose though when nosing it back after a while - alas, total score going from 87 to 86. Tasted on 02/04/2017 in a Glenfiddich line-up (WB ID's 76463, 72490, 19148, 86462, 86461, in that order).
    • Nose
      Very pleasant wood tannins, combined with fruity tones: banana, warm apples (apfelstrudel!), more sherried tones like redcurrant, raisins. A hint of menthol. 
    • Taste
      Lush, menthol, very fruity (apples, together with redcurrant and pineapple), then spiciness taking over: notably white pepper and nutmeg. Icing sugar. 
    • Finish
      Cherries, apples, with a bitter hint of grape peel (thank you Whisky-Connaisseur!), but in a nice way. Anise, menthol at the very end. Oh, and oranges! 

  77. Helgo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  78. maurisso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I like IPA beer and I like this too. Nice bitter end.

  79. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I like this malt, it's delicious, it's fun and it's tasty. If you are expecting a lot of beer, you may be disappointed, but a few hoppy notes are already available. It would also like to have been less subtle. But especially in direct comparison with the Grant's Ale Cask you can clearly see the influence of the beer on the whisky.
    • Nose
      Fresh fruity, malty notes, cooked apples, some vanilla, a touch of oak, a little bit hopeless
    • Taste
      soft, a little bitterness, some citrus, some fruit, some oak. In sum, rather bitter.
    • Finish
      slightly dry, citrus, oak.

  80. ApricotOne scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  81. Jsa scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  82. Ivynor scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    IPA is more marketing than anything else. Maybe an influence on the nose, but not on the palate.
    • Nose
      Cereals, a lot of must, a little fresh exotic fruit probably due to the IPA, a little pear alcohol.
    • Taste
      Cereals, honey, slightly herbaceous, heather, cooked apple.
      Not especially exotic, in the spirit of a classic Glenffidich. Dry texture.
    • Finish
      Medium, fairly dry, on herbs, cereals, rather bitter.

  83. Macerik scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  84. holborndrinker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic idea - I love a decent IPA, but a tad underwhelming overall.
    • Nose
      Traces of the IPA from the barrel are present - a hoppy aroma reminiscent of the British pub.
    • Taste
      The presence of the beer it obvious on the palate, but is not overwhelming.
    • Finish
      Quite a short after taste.

  85. Bretorianer scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Interesting idea! I would like to get more from ...

  86. hans1971 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  87. sammy01 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  88. recursiewhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Now, for me, this is not a huge success. It feels like a very young and nippy whisky that hasn’t been in the cask long enough. With some water it becomes more gentile and sweet on the palate but quite (unpleasantly) sour on the nose.
    All in all drinkable but not pleasant.
    • Nose
      A light, fresh and sweet whisky with aromas of pungent alcohol, acacia honey, hops, yeast, vanilla, sugar, subtle pineapple, hay, green apple, lemon, hint of ginger, grains, dried flowers, grass, a faint hint of oak.
    • Taste
      A sweet, sour and bitter whisky with aromas of pepper, nippy alcohol, licorice root, subtle hops, yeast, hay, icing sugar, hint of vanilla, apple, unripe pineapple, ginger, malt and a hint of oak.
    • Finish
      A medium and slightly drying finish with aromas of icing sugar, hay, hint of bayleaf, hint of tannins, subtle bitter hop and a hint of oak.

  89. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  90. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Glenfiddich IPA experiment 43%
    Tasted November 2016
    N: grapefruit, pleasant full-ness
    G Kokus, little craft beer, unfortunately sharp finish
    79

  91. Scott McPollux scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Pleasant dram, easy to drink, but not really a must have.
    • Nose
      The initial impression is fruity: apples, more golden delicious than granny smith, pineapple but also citrus flavors of lemon and grapefruit, maybe lemon cake as there are cereal notes to it. After a whiles you smell the beer, malted barley, hops and a little orange zest
    • Taste
      You notice, that this dram is based on a 10yo. It still has a young punch of alcohol to it, but this dram is pretty sweet with fruity aroma at first. Again apples, vanilla, pineapple, malt, oranges. But it also has a spicyness to it. You get fresh oak, ginger, white pepper and hops.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long. Creamy, fruity sweetness paired with oak, hops and white pepper.

  92. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      78 78

  93. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  94. martinni scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  95. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  96. Doctor B. scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  97. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very successful experiment. The finish in casks seasoned with India
    Pale Ale craft beer provides unique and multi-layered flavours to the
    distillery character of Glenfiddich. The result is a fruity, vibrant and
    tangy single malt with a nice balance of creamy sweetness, warming
    spiciness and unique hoppy bitterness. Quite savoury either neat or
    diluted. I'd be elated to see more of this amazing experiments in the
    whisky world!

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    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity start on the nose with ripe yellow apples, pears,
      pineapples and a hint of citric fruits. Notes of vanilla intermingle
      with delicate beer flavours and a slightly bitter but very nice touch of
      hops. Hints of oak and subtle ginger in the back. Enticing!
    • Taste
      Very sweet on the palate with vanilla, brown sugar, delicate ripe yellow
      apples and a hint of pineapples. This is followed by a lovely warming
      spiciness of oak, subtle white pepper and caramelised ginger. Creamy
      with a slightly bitter touch of hops in the back. The peppery note
      increases with every sip.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, sweet and creamy with vanilla and yellow
      fruits. Slightly warm with a nice peppery spiciness, lingering hoppy
      notes and orange zest on the tail.

      WITH WATER: The freshness and
      fruitiness remain stable on the nose after adding a few drops of water.
      Less apples but more citric fruits, oranges in particular. The lovely
      sweetness is a bit tamed on the palate, while the spiciness slightly
      increases. Black pepper and prickling oak nicely linger with creamy
      vanilla in the back. The finish is medium long, creamy with vanilla and a
      nice warming kick of oak and pepper. Fades with tender bitter notes of
      hops and orange zest. Very nice indeed!

  98. Helgo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Interesting filling of Glenfiddich. However, rather average. I hardly feel the IPA influence. Max. Something please by the increased hop proportion. But that can also be due to the wood of the barrel itself. PLV good. Can you do it!
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  99. Othorion scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      slightly sour and tart, could be interpreted as beer, but probably I'm biased, because I know that comes from a beer keg. sour apples, caramel, lemon cake, after a while also orange, slightly metallic. Note: the longer it stands and the longer I smell, I actually avoid taking in beer (fancy me?)
    • Taste
      first slightly spritig, then quickly watery. Sounds strange, but I feel so. a little ginger, slightly bitter, some vanilla, a cereal note, some apple
    • Finish
      rather short, slightly bitter, towards espresso, some ginger

  100. ScottFrench scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    We had to dare! To age a whisky in a barrel of beer, in the country of whisky and especially on a large scale. This experiment is commendable, but the whole lacks coherence and complexity.
    • Nose
      lively and fresh, quite pleasant with notes of pear, apple, apricot, honey, vanilla and candied lemon. It is obviously very typical Speyside, with notes of malt but also of beer and cider. We also perceive a flowery side, almost a rotten jar. It's pretty monolithic, but not unpleasant.
    • Taste
      it's light and a bit bitter, in the style of a ... IPA. The bet is successful in the sense that we feel the influence of refining on the final product. But, that seems a bit unbalanced. It feels like a bubble-free beer with lots of alcohol. The hops are really in the spotlight, with lots of spices (pepper, cumin). In the background, there are fruits (white grapes, apple, apricot), some honey and lemon.
    • Finish
      persistent and dry, with fruity notes (grape, apple), woody, spicy, hoppy. The tip of bitterness is not unpleasant.

  101. Daan Tje scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  102. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  103. Hemdl scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Serge says:

    Glenfiddich ‘IPA Experiment’ (43%, OB, 2016)
    This funny baby’s finished in casks that had been previously treated
    with bespoke IPA (India Pale Ale beer). Some say it’s just a legal way
    of aromatizing your whisky (since you can’t add anything to your whisky,
    you add it to some regular barrels and then fill them with your
    whisky), but of course we’re in front of a much more elaborate concept
    today. Aren’t we? Colour: pale gold. Nose: noses like the 12. The 12 is a
    good whisky. Overripe apples, barley, vanilla, sponge cake, and beer.
    IPA? Perhaps… Mouth: it’s got some oomph, some pepper, some ginger, some
    vanilla, more ginger, and indeed a beer-like side. But many young malt
    whiskies have beer-like sides. Whether you could call this baby a hoppy
    malt remains to be seen, and if it’s hop, it’s rather grassy hop, we’re
    far from, say fruity Californian IPAs. Finish: medium, a little bitter,
    but that’s quite pleasant. Bitter grapefruit. Very dry/sour aftertaste.
    Comments: I had thought it would be much fruitier. What’s good is that
    this new ‘experiment’ isn’t too expensive, around £45. The bottle is
    superb. SGP:361 - 78 points.

  104. stefsel111 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

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